In perhaps the biggest election day surprise, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi is hanging on to the slimmest lead to try and save his job and political future.

At last check, Suozzi - the Democratic incumbent - was up by 237 votes. However, that by no stretch means he'll stay in charge of the county.

There are still more than 12,000 absentee ballots that have yet to be counted - votes that traditionally swing in the favor of the Republican candidate.

"I didn't think the race would be this close," a humbled Tom Suozzi told PIX News.

The ordeal has been a shocking experience, especially to a lawmaker seen as a rising star in the Democratic party.

Seeking a third term as Nassau County Executive, Tom Suozzi made it no secret that he had state and national ambitions.

Suozzi declined to comment on what the possibility of being unseated on the county level would have on his political career, however did say that it wasn't that his challenger Ed Mangano ran a better campaign, but instead he became the victim of an overall backlash against the Democratic party.

"I don't think this is about Ed Mangano," said Suozzi. "I think a lot of people still don't even know who Ed Mangano is. I think the reality is that it's about an anti-incumbent tide that is taking place...this is a referendum on what's going on with property taxes in Nassau County. There was a very, very strong turnout for Republican voters and a weak turnout of Democrat voters."

Challenger Ed Mangano - a seven-term Republican County Legislator - said he disagrees. Mangano insists he was simply more in touch with voters and said high property taxes on the state and school districts are not to blame.

"I think that every level of government has to be responsible for the money that is entrusted to them," said Mangano. "It's not a good excuse to spend inefficiently and cite you just spend a little less than the school districts."

Mangano's camp is clearly a lot more optimistic. Besides waiting for all absentee ballots to come in, the board of elections is preparing to do a full recount of every voting machine, which they are allowed 25 days by law to complete.